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Newsletter | June 2020

Welcome to the Peter McMullin Centre's newsletter for June 2020. Below you will find links to activities and opportunities as well as a few longer-form project reports and some thoughtfully curated news on statelessness from around the world.

We are really pleased to announce that we will be continuing to run our Refugees, Migration and Statelessness Seminar Series, in partnership with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, in webinar form for the time being. Our first webinar on Friday 26 June will be presented by Professor Bina D'Costa, full details below.

Excitingly, we will be going ahead with the Statelessness Intensive Course in February 2021, offering it as an online intensive. You will find some information below, with more to be announced shortly.

New Collaboration on Citizenship and Statelessness in India

The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness has commenced a new collaborative project together with colleagues at Melbourne Law School, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford, and Jindal Global Law School. The project aims to stimulate research on citizenship and statelessness in India with an emphasis on questions surrounding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state of Assam and the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), as well as the broader regime relating to the protection of refugees and stateless persons in India. The CAA has been controversial as it differentiates between religious groups in the provision of citizenship. Moreover, almost 2 million people were left out from the NRC in Assam and must now appeal their exclusion before so-called ‘Foreigner Tribunals’. Senior Research Fellow, Christoph Sperfeldt, together with Centre intern Amelia Waters, previously provided some background in a blog piece in Pursuit. More recently, Centre Research Assistants Hannah Gordon and Elif Sekercioglu, have further shed light on these issues.

The project will involve activities in three areas:

  1. Generating much-needed research into India’s citizenship and statelessness crisis;
  2. The curation and dissemination of scholarship through an online repository managed by the Centre; and
  3.  A virtual research workshop to get feedback on works-in-progress and disseminate preliminary research findings.
This collaborative project builds on the Peter McMullin Centre’s previous work in this area, including initiating a collaboration with Jindal Global Law School through the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative, inviting Indian participants to our 2020 Statelessness Intensive Course and hosting Visiting Fellow Talha Abdul Rahman at our Centre earlier this year.
Introducing the
Critical Statelessness Studies Project and Blog

The Critical Statelessness Studies (CSS) Project interrogates dominant narratives and approaches in the contemporary study of statelessness. The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness is excited to launch the Project to promote critical engagement around questions of how to approach the theme of statelessness in our work. As part of the project, we are launching the CSS Blog, which will serve as a space for short reflective pieces by individuals working on statelessness from a critical perspective.

Learn more
Online Statelessness Intensive Course in 2021
We are excited to announce that the 2021 Statelessness Intensive Course will be offered as an online intensive in February next year. Given the likelihood of travel restrictions remaining in place at the end of 2020 and possibly beyond, we are embracing the opportunity to deliver the course online. We believe there is great potential to offer an outstanding program, utilising technology to reach an extremely diverse cohort of participants and lecturers alike. Just like our last two intensives held at Melbourne Law School, this course will be highly interactive, featuring break-out groups, workshops, activities and facilitated discussions. Further information soon!
Upcoming webinar:
Field Notes from the Rohingya Emergency Response

We are excited to welcome Professor Bina D'Costa back to the Centre (though virtually) to present once again as part of the Migration, Refugees & Statelessness Seminar Series. On Friday 26 June, Bina will make her presentation in the format of our first ever webinar. Bina is a Professor at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Her current research focuses on children's protection in global humanitarian emergencies. Details and registration
Statelessness & Citizenship Review
We are pleased to announce that the Statelessness & Citizenship Review is now available on HeinOnline. The submission deadline for Volume 2 Issue 2 of the Statelessness and Citizenship Review is 31 July 2020. Visit SCR website for further details.